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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
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Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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Great place if the weather's good

Very nice place to visit if it's a sunny day. The grounds are well kept and it is not crowded which helps when you try to take in the history.

Reviewed 6 days ago
stefanandriano
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Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice place to visit if it's a sunny day. The grounds are well kept and it is not crowded which helps when you try to take in the history.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an excellent medieval castle in a stunning location but what really set it apart today was the "man at arms" tour where we were guided round the castle by Andrew dressed in full armour. He was full of knowledge which he presented in a style that engaged both children and adults and the hour flew by. The weapons... More 

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Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have Historic Scotland passes so really enjoy our days out using them. Our boys (aged 10 and 6) had a great time exploring this castle and gardens. The cheery and helpful guide was lovely with the kids and we felt very welcome. We did their quiz which meant the boys took time to read some of the info.

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Lancashire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit. The grounds are well kept and very pretty. The Castle is incredibly interesting and I can imagine children would really enjoy it. There is a table in the gardens and benches to sit on if you take picnic.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic castle, a lot to see and good views around, Very pleasant garden and park around. Part of Historic Scotland.

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

After awhile all the castle ruins start looking the same. This one is worthwhile because the walkways and stairs bring you up to 4 different levels and really give you a feel for how it all went down in the middle ages. The BIG PLUS is the DooCote or pigeon house which holds up to 2000 birds. It is so... More 

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Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Set in the very picturesque village of Dirleton, the castle makes for a fascinating visit. While it may not have the same dramatic coastline views like Tantallon Castle has, they are so impressive nonetheless. What comes alive at Dirleton is the sense of the operations of the household, domestic and military. On the one hand you can explore the former... More 

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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

We arrived at he time of year when the gardens are at their least impressive but that didn't spoil the trip as the castle itself was worth the trip. Entrance via a moat and drawbridge and lots of preserved rooms and passages. Not good for those with mobility concerns and make sure you keep a close eye on small children... More 

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Aberdeen
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

Well worth a visit, especially for families. There are lots of rooms and corners to explore - just let the kids loose!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 30, 2016

Good ruins, plenty of places for kids to explore, lots of different rooms/levels, & big drawbridge. Large garden areas

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